and i heard him go, "i'm hit." because the machine gun had opened up. and i wait and i wait and there's no sound. and my former platoon sergeant was there. and so i said to him, i said, "this kid's hit. and i'm going to go get him." he said, "don't go get him, you'll get killed." i said, "look," and i got sort of this, like, "i'm in a movie" feeling. it was odd. i said, "i'll tell you what, i'll go get him, but if i get him, will you write me up for a medal?" and i was joking. but i really wasn't joking, either. i mean, i kind of wanted a medal, you know? and i thought, this is a good chance. i'll pull a guy -- i mean, i saw that -- you know, john wayne did that, right? so i should be able to do that. and i remember this guy. i mean, you know, he was an old man, as far as i was concerned. he was probably 25. he said, "sure, lieutenant. i'll write you up. it'll be posthumous. but that's fine." and i went up to get this kid. and i had to fire my rifle to keep the machine gunners' heads down.